Charles B. Farwell House

120 East Pearson Street, Chicago, Illinois

Built in 1882, for Senator Charles B. Farwell (1823-1903) and his wife Mary Eveline Smith (1825-1905). It was one of a pair of houses built at the same time by the same architects (Treat & Foltz) for the brothers Charles and John V. Farwell (1825-1908), owners of one of the larges dry goods wholesalers in the United States....

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Charles Benjamin Farwell

Senator Charles B. Farwell, of Farwell & Co., Chicago & Lake Forest, Illinois


Mary (Smith) Farwell

Mrs Mary Eveline (Smith) Farwell


The interior of the red-brick Queen Anne-style manison was described by John Drury in his book, Old Chicago Houses: “The great entrance hall aspired to the ideal of a baronial manor house with paneled wainscot (of golden oak), an enormous fireplace niche (with a microscopic grate opening), a beamed ceiling, walls and ceilings covered with stencilled canvas, and here and there crossed scimitars, bronze statues, brass plaques, antlers, inlaid tables, Jacobean furniture and two early American Windsor chairs looking very self-conscious and out of place.” It was demolished in 1946, replaced by a Bonwit Teller store.

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Contributed by Mark Meredith on 11/10/2019 and last updated on 06/10/2022.
Old Chicago Houses (1988), by John Drury; The Farwells, Becoming Pioneers of Utopia in Classic Chicago Magazine


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